soccer

Italy striker Mario Balotelli signs for Liverpool

  Liverpool signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for 16 million pounds ($26.5 million) on Monday, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals. […]

08/25/2014

Los Angeles Galaxy fans cheer before a game against Real Salt Lake in an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Manchester United to face Galaxy at Rose Bowl tonight

PASADENA (CNS) – More than 80,000 fans are expected to attend tonight’s exhibition soccer game between England’s famed Manchester United and the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl. The game is United’s first in […]

07/23/2014

FILE -This undated file photo released by Jim Bieniewicz shows his brother, soccer referee John Bieniewicz, 44, top left, with his family. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Jim Bieniewicz, File)

Soccer player charged with murder in ref’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to the neck was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder. The charge against Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was announced eight days after […]

07/09/2014

Thousands of USA fans in Buffalo, N.Y. on Thursday, June 26, 2014, react to the USA advancing to the next round of the World Cup after their 1-0 loss to Germany. The large crowd watched the game on large screen TVs at Canalside in Buffalo.   (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, James P. McCoy)

Soccer gets boost in US from young, informed fans

DENVER (AP) – Never mind that there were dozens of TV sets at the bar, many turned to pro wrestling, poker and bowling to provide background noise early one weekend morning. Jon Forget walked in, […]

06/27/2014

United States' head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, left and Germany's head coach Joachim Loew greet each other after the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Germany beat the United States 1-0. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

US-Germany 2nd-highest rated men’s WCup on ESPN

SAO PAULO (AP) — The United States’ 1-0 loss to Germany was the second-highest rated men’s World Cup match on ESPN’s networks despite the noon EDT kickoff. The game received a 6.7 rating on ESPN […]

06/27/2014

In this June 7, 2014 photo, Spain’s Andres Iniesta wears his Nike Magista cleats during warm-up before an exhibition soccer game against El Salvador, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

Nike 4th quarter net income tops estimates

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 5 percent as higher revenue in most geographic regions offset heavy investments in marketing for the World Cup soccer tournament. Results for the March-May quarter […]

06/27/2014

Uruguay's Luis Suarez argues with referee Marco Rodriguez from Mexico during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of […]

06/26/2014

United States' head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talks during a press conference following a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

U.S.-Germany World Cup match viewing party at Hermosa Beach Pier

HERMOSA BEACH (CNS) – A free viewing party for today’s U.S.-Germany World Cup match will be held at the Hermosa Beach Pier, with organizers expecting 3,000-7,000 people. The ESPN telecast from Recife, Brazil, of the […]

06/26/2014

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini complains after Uruguay's Luis Suarez ran into his shoulder with his teeth during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Suarez dilemma: FIFA opens case on bite incident

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Luis Suarez could become just as awkward for football’s international organizers to handle as he has been for rival teams at the World Cup. The Uruguay forward should find out […]

06/25/2014

domestic-violence

Dark side of the World Cup personified in viral video

Results from a research paper published in the journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency showing “a match day trend that the risk of domestic abuse rose by 26% when the England team won or […]

06/25/2014

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